What Are The Dangers of Walking At Night?
According to statistics published1 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 75,000 individuals are injured while they are walking on or near streets at night on an annual basis. Additionally, an estimated 4,700 individuals die from their injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents each year. When a pedestrian is involved in a collision with a motor vehicle, they have almost no protection from the large, heavy cars that are often moving at a rapid speed. For this reason, victims of pedestrian accidents often suffer catastrophic injuries,2 sometimes leaving them with permanent disabilities and the inability to earn a living. This lost income combined with costly medical bills can be overwhelming in addition to the physical pain and emotional trauma of sustaining serious injuries.
Pedestrians at night
Pedestrians are substantially more difficult to see when they are walking at night, especially if drivers are not paying particular attention. In order to make yourself more visible at night and avoid accidents, you can do the following:
- Use a flashlight
- Wear bright or retro-reflective clothes if possible
- Try to walk in well-lit areas, such as on sidewalks lined with streetlights
- Cross the street at intersections that have traffic signals and crosswalks
Besides visibility issues, there is a greater chance that drivers who are out at night may be fatigued or impaired. Driving drunk or overly fatigued can significantly slow a driver’s reaction time if they suddenly see a pedestrian, making it difficult to stop in time. For this reason, pedestrians should always be on the defense while walking at night and try to stay out of the path of traffic whenever possible.
Contact an experienced pedestrian accident attorney for a free consultation
Even if you do all of the above and more, there is still always the possibility that a driver will negligently hit you and cause you serious injury. Fortunately for victims, they have the legal right to recover for their accident-related losses from negligent parties. At the law office of Boling Rice, LLC in Cumming, Georgia, our experienced pedestrian accident lawyers are committed to helping injured victims. Call us today at (770) 887-3162 for a free consultation.